High-end Discoveries

I've actually been trying to be better with my money and not spend so much on makeup so I thought I was going to struggle with this post this month but I surprisingly have a lot to talk about. So let's get into it.

Antipodes Protein Rich Serum* | £39.99

My only high end skincare discovery this month, but a very good one! I've been really intrigued by Antipodes so I was really excited to try this and it hasn't disappointed me. This is a protein rich night serum that is packed with skin loving ingredients to intensely nourish and repair the skin overnight. The serum itself is silky smooth and glides on the skin adding an instant shot of hydration. It absorbs really quickly too. In the morning it leaves my skin so soft. With continued use this helped my skin appear more plump too.

Touch In Sol No Poreblem Primer | £15

If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen me talk about this loads. I can't get enough of this primer. It is a pore filling primer so it is silicone based, but don't let that put you off. This isn't drying or heavy on the skin. It melts into the skin leaving a velvety smooth base that makeup glides seamlessly over. It does fill in my pores and fine lines. It stops my foundation from gathering in my smile lines and keeps it looking fresh and plump all day. It stops my under eye concealer from moving around too and definitely helps prolong makeup wear time. So far this has worked with all my favourite foundations and even makes some I don't like look a million times better! I think this would work well on all skin types. It is definitely one to check out!

Pur No filter Blurring Photography Primer* | £24.99

Another primer I've been testing is this offering from Pur. It reminds me a lot of the Becca Backlight priming filter in the the amazing glow it gives my skin. I'd say this is more of a glow enhansing primer than a blurring one. It has a slightly Golden sheen to it, which I really like. I find this quite hydrating too so it's great for the cooler months.

Kat Von D Lock It Foundation | £27

I've been really intrigued by Kat von D's Lock range, I love the Loose Setting Powder so I had high hopes for this. First of all I love the packaging. And that you can see how much foundation you have left. It's definitely full coverage too, it covers nearly every flaw and imperfection. It does have quite a thick consistency but it's so easy to blend. The staying power is really good too. My only issue with this is it doesn't sit well on my dry areas and can look cakey. That being said I didn't find this drying on my skin. I think oily /  normal skin types would love this.

Fenty Beauty Foundation | £26

Rihanna launched her makeup line and the world went crazy and for good reason! This contains a foundation that comes in a whooping 40 shades! Being a base junky I was instantly drawn to it. I do have a full review of this coming tomorrow so I won't go into much detail. It claims to have a soft matte finish and is suitable for all skin types. I do agree with the soft matte claim, it is matte but not completely. I do really like this but only with the right primer. Without this looks awful on me it sinks into every pore and highlights any texture. But with the right primer this looks flawless and has amazing staying power. I will have more details on how I make this work tomorrow. I have the shade 280 which does dry a shade darker but it's still a good match.

Diego Dalla Palmer BB Cream | €28

I think BB and CC creams get a bit of a bad rep but for someone with dehydrated skin these are amazing. I really like this offering. It has a really light blend-able consistency that melts into the skin with ease. It has light coverage and gives me that your skin but better looking. Perfect for natural makeup days.

Too Faced Born This Way Loose Setting Powder* | £20

Next I have this powder from Too Faced which I have been throughly enjoying. This loose powder is really finely milled and melts into the skin, setting my makeup but still looking so natural on the skin. It does have a slight sheen to it which means this doesn't look completely matte which I really like! I don't find this drying on my skin either and doesn't exaggerate any dry areas or problems! This does give me flash back in photos but for everyday wear I love this!

Fenty Beauty Highlighter | £26

When I brought the Fenty Foundation I just had to get one of these highlighter duos. I went for the shades Girl Next Door and Chic Phreak. Girl Next Door is a Pinky Peach colour with a Silver sheen to it. It's the more subtle one of the two, but still gives a nice highlighted look to the face. Chic Phreak is a Peachy Pink, almost Rose colour with Gold sheen. It's a more bold highlighter but still looks natural. To swatch these do look kind of glittery but this doesn't translate to the face. The formula of them both is really soft and creamy, they are not powdery to touch at all, nor do they look powdery on the face. Overall, I'm really happy with this little duo.

Urban Decay Trouble Maker Mascara* | £19.50

Another new launch comes in the form of this mascara from Urban Decay. The packaging is so pretty! The mascara comes with a plastic wand, which I love, I just prefer plastic wands in general. It's really easy to get to the root of the lashes and it coats them evenly. It adds a good amount of length and volume. And the formula holds the curl all day. I've had no issues with this flaking or smudging. But it's really easy to remove! Another winner from Urban Decay.

Too Faced Love Flushes Blush | £25

I've started to become a bit of a blush addict, I just find it completes the whole look. I've been in the market for a 'barely there' blush for a while so when I saw a swatch of this I pretty much brought it straight away! And I've fallen in love. The shade Baby Love is a Peach colour with Rosy under tones. The formula is amazing too. It's so finely milled and not powdery at all. It lasts all day on me too.

Christian Breton Serious Lip Repair* | £44

This is probably one of the most unique (in a good way) lip balms I've ever come across. It is hydrating, like you would expect from a lip balm, but it also fills in the fine lines, leaving my lips so smooth looking. I've been loving this as a lip primer before applying lipstick. It's become an everyday staple in my routine.

Emile Cordan Lip Balm* | $42

Another lip balm that I've discovered is this beauty. How stunning is the packaging. These are actually larger than it looks too. I have the Rose version which smells so nice. The formula is super hydrating and really nourishing on my dry lips. It is Pink in the pot and but I don't find this translates on my lips but that's fine, I tend to prefer my lips balms clear. It also has a nice subtle sheen.

72 Instance Replenishing Hair Mask* | £24.99

I recently had my hair bleached again which always leaves my hair super dry, it's really dry anyway so you can imagine the birds nest I'm left with. But this mask has really helped transform my hair. It's to be used after shampoo and conditioning the hair as an intensive treatment. I like to leave it on as long as possible but even after leaving it on around 5 mins the results are incredible. My hair is so soft and shiny. It has really helped my spilt ends too.

72  Repairing Hair Oil* | £14.99

Alongside the hair mask I've been using this oil. Which is amazing. This has more of a serum consistency than an oil but it's lightweight and super hydrating without leaving the hair weighed down or sticky. It can be used on wet or dry hair, both ways it works brilliantly. It smooths over split ends, tames frizz and leaves my hair shiny. Overall, I can't recommend this enough.

So that's everything I've discovered over the last month.

Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts?

Until next times...

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